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Cover Letter Postdoctoral Position Organic Chemistry

Department of Chemistry: Two Positions in Organic Chemistry

  • Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Interim Instructor/Lecturer

The Bryn Mawr College Department of Chemistry has two open positions in organic chemistry for the 2018-19 academic year: (1) a full-time Interim Instructor/Lecturer to teach organic chemistry; (2) a Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow. Both positions would begin in August 2018 and have the expectation that a Ph.D. will be earned by the start date. The Interim Instructor/Lecturer would teach one section of organic chemistry each semester in the prestigious post-baccalaureate pre-medical program, along with supervising the teaching of several lab sections with both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students. The Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow is a combined teaching and research fellowship with the expectation that the candidate would teach two courses, and conduct research in Prof. Bill Malachowsk’s labs (

To apply for the Interim Organic Chemistry Instructor/Lecturer position, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of teaching philosophy via Interfolio to the Interim Organic Chemistry Instructor/Lecturer Search Committee, To apply for the Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research experience summary and statement of teaching philosophy via Interfolio to the Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow Search Committee, Your cover letter should clearly indicate the position you are applying for. In addition, for both positions you will need to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted via Interfolio to the Search Committee. Complete applications should be received by March 1, 2018 to receive full consideration.


I'm French and i'm looking for a post-doctoral position in UK, Canada or USA and so have to e-mail application.

I wrote something and gave it to my PhD mentor but he's also French...

Thank you by anticipation for all your advices



It's a great pleasure to have a chance to write to you. I have come to know of you through your worthy articles. I am writing this letter to inquire about research fellowship opportunity in your research laboratory.

I graduated from XXXX in December 2010 in the laboratory of Dr XXXXX under supervision of Pr XXXXX. My Ph. D. research, being done focuses on the xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx and also development xxxxxxxx. During previous training periods, I had the opportunity to work on different projects and I gained strong experience in various fields of organic synthesis as describe in my resume.

I now wish to pursue my professional career in the field of organic chemistry and I feel motivated in gaining a strong experience in total synthesis where rigour and discipline are required. Moreover, I feel ready to pursue my interests outside France by integrating an international work environment in order to improve my English language skills and to have a first overview of the English culture.

Being well aware of your outstanding academic accomplishments, I would greatly appreciate if you provided me with an opportunity to work as a research fellow under your supervision. Enclosed is my curriculum vitae for your close review. Prof. XXXXXX has indicated that he would be happy to provide information about my qualifications and progress at any time.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you very much in anticipation for your consideration.

Sincerely yours